Spicy Fish Tacos

I was craving fish tacos all last week while cutting weight for nationals and i decided to make some last night. They did NOT disappoint! I got home from the gym after doing the benchmark workout Jackie (1k row, 50 barbell thrusters, 30 pullups) and fed the babies some dinner and then ran to the store to grab the ingredients I didnt have while Craig put Mason and Zoey to bed. I came home to a quiet house and was able to enjoy a fun evening of cooking with the hubby (one of my favorite things to do thats not as common these days in our hectic life with twins). Craig and I both love spicy and this was the perfect amount of kick for us! If you arent totally into spicy its really easy to tone it down by deseeding the jalepeno or leaving it out altogether! I hope you enjoy them! (Paleo substitutes are below!)  

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

FISH TACOS:

(Serves 4 – 25 min prep/cook time)

INGREDIENTS:
For the Blackened Fish:
  • 1.5 lbs tilapia fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 corn tortillas (or just sub butter lettuce leaves to keep it grain-free)
For the Slaw:
  • 1/2 red cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1/4 green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1/2 medium-sized onion, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 c shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • salt, to taste
For the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (sub coconut cream or greek yogurt if desired)
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and skinned
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (if you want a more mild flavor, de-seed or omit)
  • Salt, to taste
 
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a small bowl, combine the spices for the tilapia. Sprinkle the mixture over both sides of your tilapia fillets, and then rub the seasonings in.
  2. Combine all of the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce ingredients in a blender until “sauce-like”.
  3. Combine all of the Slaw ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the tilapia. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the outside is browned and the fish flakes apart easily.
  5. Remove fish from heat, and if desired, warm the corn tortillas in the same skillet over medium heat, cooking for about 20 seconds per side.
  6. Break up the tilapia into 2-3″ pieces. Distribute the fish evenly between tortillas, and top with Slaw and Avocado-Cilantro Sauce. 
  7. Enjoy!

 

ONE YEAR POST TWINS CELEBRATION AND NEW PROGRAM ROLLOUT!!!

10154279_639463270352_2174187764164918710_n317741_10150303984964642_580640_n299472_535291321772_1787049857_nI officially have one year olds, and with that I am now one year into my crazy new life! With that said, I feel like its time for a “fresh” start and have am finally rolling out some new things for current programs as well as a couple of brand new programs that I have been brainstorming up for a while now!

I have been collaborating with my husband (Certified personal trainer and Division 1 Football Grad, majored in Exercise Science) and am SO excited about my roll out of new programs for this next year! I cant wait to get started and August 4th (Monday) is the official start date for everything!

Each program will be four weeks long and will build each month so you can continue them as you please! I am offering two COMPLETELY new programs and am so excited for all of them. See below for details and sign up in 48 hours to receive a huge discount!

All programs have the following benefits:

  • Access to the “HUNGRYFITNESS” closed facebook group
    • We will post motivation, tips, support, feedback etc.
    • You can post your progress, videos of movements for feedback, ask questions etc.
    • You can follow other group members progress and achieve the accountability you need for success
  • Questions answered via email as needed
  • Custom program tailoring depending on your specific needs

“ULTIMATE FITNESS PROGRAM” ($45 if you sign up in first 48 hours, $60 if signed up by July 30th)

Want to have the ultimate physique and feel amazing no matter what life throws at you?

  • This program is a combination of “the best of the best”: CrossFit style workouts, bodybuilding isolation work, endurance and speed training and everything in between!
  • There will be a lot of variety and no day will be the same
  • Workouts will be tailored for overall fat loss and muscle growth.
  • Programming for 6 days a week with 1 active rest day (workouts last about 60-90 min)

*Client must have basic knowledge of weightlifting and gym must be equipped with the regular stuff.


New!

“GET SWOLL” ($45 if you sign up in first 48 hours, $60 if signed up by July 30th)

*For males and/or females looking to get STRONG and build muscle mass.

  • Can be tailored for strength based or bodybuilding/hypertrophy goals ie: “getting swoll”.
  • Program format will be 5 workout days per week, with 2 rest days (sessions will typically last 60-80 minutes).
  • This program will have a good mix of isolation and compound movements, with increases throughout the month to optimize results.

*Must have access to all regular equipment and machines found at a gym.


New!!

“ENDURANCE BEAST” ($35 if you sign up in first 48 hours, $50 if signed up by July 30th)

Want to train for a half marathon, mud run, or just have better endurance and the body of a runner?

  • This will be a varied program with three running days per week and 2-3 cross-training/crossfit-style days
  • Will be doing interval running, tempo runs and longer distances to make you into the best runner you can be, and keep things varied and fun.
  • This is perfect for a beginner wanting to get in shape or for a more advanced athlete that wants to add endurance to their current training program.

*This program will be for beginner and intermediate and will have different programming for both groups


“HOMEFIT SEXY” ($35 if you sign up in first 48 hours, $50 if signed up by July 30th)

Want to look good naked and not have to leave the house to do so?

  • 6 days each week of programming using body weight movements only.
  • Programming will be a combination of cardio movements: running, jumping, mtn climbers, burpees, stairs (if you have them), etc as well as body weight strength movements such as, squats, push-ups, dips, lunges, sit ups etc.
  • This is a great plan for those that are nervous  to hit the gym or beginners and need someone to help get them back in shape. It is also awesome for mamas that can’t leave the house and want to get in shape while also being able to chase kids around all day!

*Must have a set of dumbbells (about 15# for women and 25# for men) and jump rope


“PALEO MEAL PLANS” ($45 if you sign up in first 48 hours, $60 if signed up by July 30th)

Want to lean out, feel amazing energy and enjoy eating fresh, delicious meals?

  • 7 days a week (3 meals per day plus 1 snack and post workout meal)
  • All meals are color coded by amount of time to cook and are easy to follow!
  • Most clients lose about 5-10lbs in one month
  • No fake crap, all real food
  • Lots of recipes and variety of meals, you will not be eating the same thing daily, you will also not be starving. (I’m a firm believer in eating real food and getting the right amount of fuel to meet your body’s needs.)
  • Meal plans can be tailored to specific needs, such as breastfeeding, super active schedules, food allergies, etc.

WANT TO SIGN UP FOR MORE THAN ONE PROGRAM? PRICING FOR PROGRAM COMBOS BELOW:

PALEO MEAL PLANS + ULTIMATE: $70 if sign up in first 48 hours, $90 if signed up by July 30th

PALEO MEAL PLANS + HOMEFIT SEXY: $60 if sign up in first 48 hours, $80 if signed up by July 30th

PALEO MEAL PLANS + ENDURANCE: $60 if sign up in first 48 hours, $80 if signed up by July 30th

 

SIGN UP DETAILS:

In order to qualify for the discounts you MUST sign up by July 23rd at midnight, to officially sign up you will need to:

1. Send money (US dollars) to Hungryfitness@gmail.com via PAYPAL

2. Email me: hungryfitness@gmail.com with the program name you would like to do.

*Once I receive payment and email from you, I will send your questionnaire to you to be filled out and gather the information I need, as well as add you to the HUNGRYFITNESS closed facebook group.

I cant wait to work with a new group of amazing people ready to achieve their goals! I will be with you every step of the way and am so excited for the program additions!

 

I believe in you,

Michaela

 

 

6 Months of Online Coaching Celebration! (DISCOUNTED PRICING!)

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I have now been online coaching for 6 months! I cant believe how fast it has gone by and I am loving every minute! I never thought I’d be able to work with athletes all over the world and I am having so much fun helping so many people reach their health and fitness goals, as well as find the confidence in themselves they have been missing or never knew they had! I love doing all of my programming! I have a lot of fun coming up with creative ways to kick my clients butts and get them in shape so they are able to work out from home, or building challenging, variety-packed workouts for my gym clients that want to mix things up, or take their training to the next level. I also love building menus for my clients that are trying to lean out but dont want to sacrifice food quality/flavor and variety in their meals (no broccoli and chicken meal plans over here!).

In short-I am loving every minute of what I get to do and the fact that I am able to do it while my babies nap, or go down for the night and I can spend their waking moments with them playing and teaching them the things I’m excited to teach them. I am so thankful that I have been able to work with such amazing clients and have even built some friendships that I value so much!

SOOOO….I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU!!!!

For the month of May I will be discounting all of my programs to show my current clients how grateful I am to them, and to give my new clients every reason to sign up for a month of goal crushing to get them ready for that bikini or “lawn mowing apparel” of their dreams. :) See below for all program details and new pricing!!!! I am taking sign ups until Thursday May 1st. for a start date of Monday May 5th! Sign up quickly though, since my pricing is lowered, it will definitely have to be first come first serve this month so I’m able to cater to all my clients needs!

THANK YOU FOR 6 AWESOME MONTHS!!!

To sign up send paypal to Hungryfitness@gmail.com and email me to confirm!

HUNGRYFITNESS PROGRAMS AND NEW PRICING:

HOME WORKOUT PLAN:
(for those that prefer to look hot without having to leave the house!)

  • 6 days each week of programming using body weight movements only.
  • Programming will be a combination of cardio movements: running, jumping, mtn climbers, burpees, stairs (if you have them), etc as well as body weight strength movements such as, squats, push-ups, dips, lunges, sit ups etc.
  • This is a great plan for those that are nervous  to hit the gym or beginners and need someone to help get them back in shape. It is also awesome for mamas that can’t leave the house and want to get in shape while also being able to chase kids around all day!

ULTIMATE PROGRAMMING (great for men and women)
(For those that can make it to a gym but need a program)

  • This can be catered to your skill level (wherever you are at)
  • It is a combination of CrossFit style workouts, body building isolation work and everything in between!
  • There will be a lot of variety and no day will be the same
  • Workouts catered for overall fat loss and muscle growth.
  • Programming for 6 days a week with rest factored in
  • Client must have basic knowledge of weightlifting and gym must be equipped with the regular stuff.

PALEO MEAL PLANS:

  • 7 days a week (3 meals per day plus 1 snack and post workout meal)
  • Written for those wanting to lean out and feel amazing.
  • All meals are color coded by amount of time to cook and are easy to follow!
  • Most clients lose about 5-10lbs in one month
  • No fake crap, all real food
  • Lots of recipes and variety of meals, you will not be eating the same thing daily, you will also not be starving. (I’m a firm believer in eating real food and getting the right amount of fuel to meet your body’s needs.)
  • A more simple version of this meal plan can also be provided for anyone that’s intimidated by eating healthy and WANTS to eat the same thing most days. :)

PRICING:
Home workout programming: $50 – now $30!!!
Ultimate programming: $70 – now $50!!!
Paleo Meal plans: $70 – now $55!!!
Body weight and meal plans: $90 – now $75!!!
Ultimate and meal plans: $100 (most clients do this option) – now $90!!!

*If you sign up with your spouse the second program is 50% off for spouse.

Payments can be made via paypal to hungryfitness@gmail.com

HUNGRYFITNESS SPRING PROGRAMS

ImageSpring is here!!! I LOVE spring so much! To me spring means, outside workouts, barbeques, playdates for the babies, croquet, soccer, volleyball, picnics, the zoo, sun on my skin, late nights with friends when its light out forever, basically anything and everything OUTSIDE!!!

One thing spring ALSO means though, is overall less clothing, and summer just around the corner where I like to basically LIVE in my swimsuit, I dont want it to be any different this year – even though only 8 months ago I was delivering TWO babies. So, that means I need to be focused on my eating and fitness and not slack off because “thats what everyone else is doing”. I want to be healthy, feel healthy, perform well and look awesome! I know I am not alone in this! So, with that said, it’s the beginning of spring, who is ready to kick it in gear and reach some goals before summer? I love online coaching and the opportunity I have to help people across the world reach their fitness goals, let me empower you to reach yours!

See below for all of my program details and pricing!

EMAIL hungryfitness@gmail.com to sign up for a plan

SEND MONEY via paypal to hungryfitness@gmail.com to secure your slot.

HOME WORKOUT PLAN:
(for those that prefer to look hot without having to leave the house!)

  • 6 days each week of programming using body weight movements only.
  • Programming will be a combination of cardio movements: running, jumping, mtn climbers, burpees, stairs (if you have them), etc as well as body weight strength movements such as, squats, push-ups, dips, lunges, sit ups etc.
  • This is a great plan for those that are nervous  to hit the gym or beginners and need someone to help get them back in shape. It is also awesome for mamas that can’t leave the house and want to get in shape while also being able to chase kids around all day!

ULTIMATE PROGRAMMING (great for men and women)
(For those that can make it to a gym but need a program)

  • This can be catered to your skill level (wherever you are at)
  • It is a combination of CrossFit style workouts, body building isolation work and everything in between!
  • There will be a lot of variety and no day will be the same
  • Workouts catered for overall fat loss and muscle growth.
  • Programming for 6 days a week with rest factored in
  • Client must have basic knowledge of weightlifting.

PALEO MEAL PLANS:

  • 7 days a week (3 meals per day plus 1 snack and post workout meal)
  • Written for those wanting to lean out and feel amazing.
  • All meals are color coded by amount of time to cook and are easy to follow!
  • Most clients lose about 5-10lbs in one month
  • No fake crap, all real food
  • Lots of recipes and variety of meals, you will not be eating the same thing daily, you will also not be starving. (I’m a firm believer in eating real food and getting the right amount of fuel to meet your body’s needs.)
  • A more simple version of this meal plan can also be provided for anyone that’s intimidated by eating healthy and WANTS to eat the same thing most days. :)

PRICING:
Home workout programming: $50
Ultimate programming: $70
Paleo Meal plans: $70
Body weight and meal plans: $90
Ultimate and meal plans: $100 (most clients do this option)

*If you sign up with your spouse the second program is 50% off for spouse.

Payments can be made via paypal to hungryfitness@gmail.com

JANUARY ONLINE COACHING OFFERINGS

ImageProgress is everything. I want to help YOU make progress toward achieving your fitness goals. I want to help you get the body of your dreams. I have helped so many people change their bodies and become proud of what they have achieved and I’m so excited to now be doing online coaching so that my reach is even greater! Training is a huge passion of mine and few things bring me greater joy than to watch someone change their life through health and fitness. It is a new year and I am excited to offer an additional “Home Workout Program” that has been requested by lots of you as well as my normal “Gym Programming” and “Paleo Meal Plans“.

2013 was a good one, but lets make 2014 EVEN BETTER!!!

It’s time to get our crap together people!!! If you are like 99.9% of the population you have been slacking off since ohh….HALLOWEEN and are ready to get that body in shape for the new year! These past two months of online coaching have been so much fun! I’ve helped clients lose stubborn body fat they have been dealing with forever, achieve strength gains they didn’t realize they could and FEEL so much better! My current clients are kicking butt and the new year hasn’t even started yet!

Don’t worry, I’ve got the rest of you covered too!!! Now is the perfect time to decide what your goals are and lets do this together! I’ve had a lot of people interested in my January programs so I want to be sure I have all info out today for you guys and a sign up list ready to go!

Space is limited but I am willing to offer spots to everyone that signs up before Christmas even if the list is full. (after that it will be first come, first serve) I’m so excited for a new year and can’t wait to help even more people get confident and look good naked! (Cuz who isn’t striving for that?)

EMAIL hungryfitness@gmail.com to sign up for a plan

SEND MONEY via paypal to hungryfitness@gmail.com to secure your slot.

JANUARY OFFERINGS:

HOME WORKOUT PLAN:
(for those that prefer to look hot without having to leave the house!)

  • 5-6 days each week of programming using body weight movements only.
  • Programming will be a combination of cardio movements: running, jumping, mtn climbers, burpees, stairs (if you have them), etc as well as body weight strength movements such as, squats, push-ups, dips, lunges, sit ups etc.
  • This is a great plan for those that are nervous  to hit the gym or beginners and need someone to help get them back in shape. It is also awesome for mamas that can’t leave the house and want to get in shape while also being able to chase kids around all day!

ULTIMATE PROGRAMMING
(For those that can make it to a gym but need a program)

  • This can be catered to your skill level (wherever you are at)
  • It is a combination of CrossFit style workouts, body building isolation work and everything in between!
  • There will be a lot of variety and no day will be the same
  • Workouts catered for overall fat loss and muscle growth.
  • Programming for 5-6 days a week with rest factored in
  • Client must have basic knowledge of weightlifting.

PALEO MEAL PLANS:

  • 7 days a week (3 meals per day plus 1 snack and post workout meal)
  • Written for those wanting to lean out and feel amazing.
  • All meals are color coded by amount of time to cook and are easy to follow!
  • Most clients lose about 5-10lbs in one month
  • No fake crap, all real food
  • Lots of recipes and variety of meals, you will not be eating the same thing daily, you will also not be starving. (I’m a firm believer in eating real food and getting the right amount of fuel to meet your body’s needs.)
  • A more simple version of this meal plan can also be provided for anyone that’s intimidated by eating healthy and WANTS to eat the same thing most days. :)

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Post-Partum: Get my body back!

ImageI am currently 6 weeks post-partum and ready to get back into my pre-twin pregnancy shape! I coach crossfit, personal train and do nutrition programming for clients and love it. During my twin pregnancy however I wasn’t able to work out much at all (high-risk pregnancy, and one placenta was too low to risk it). So I am starting at ground ZERO and very excited for the challenge! I dont think I have ever taken more than a few months off from working out since I was about 5 years old so 10 months feels like SO long! I plan to post weekly updates of my thoughts, feelings, experiences, programming etc. to my blog-but hopefully will be posting details of my daily workouts and meals, recipes, etc. to my instagram account @hungryfitness (so follow me for those things!).

BACKGROUND:

My pre-twin pregnancy body.

Weight: 150

BF: 14.5%

Waist: 28-29 inches

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Pregnancy and 6 weeks Post-Partum:

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6 weeks post-partum

I was nervous to post my after-delivery photos because they are obviously nothing like my before-pregnancy photos but then I thought about it and decided, you know what? I have accomplished something incredible. I created and carried TWO humans FULL-TERM and then delivered them! I’ve never done something so amazing with my body in my whole life, and I have earned every single stretch mark and pound and I’m not ashamed of them, in fact, I’m proud of them. They are my proof of the hard moments and physical sacrifices I made to create the two most important little people in my life. So, here I am-this is real, this is what a body is SUPPOSED to look like after having a baby or babies, I dont have my 6-pack, I have some cellulite and love handles and I’m perfectly okay with all of it.

Now is the time to start my journey back however. I am a new mommy and taking care of my babies is my first priority, but I also know I will have nothing to give them if I’m not taking care of myself. Working out is part of that. Everyone is different and everyone has different amounts of time in the day, so don’t compare yourself to others when it comes to fitness, do what you can! The first thing I have learned as a new mom is that there is no “perfect’ way to do things, whether it be breast-feeding, sleep habits, soothing a baby, etc. it is important to find what works best for YOU and YOUR children. Comparing yourself to others or holding yourself to a standard you can’t meet isn’t fair to you or your children. So do your best, take care of yourself, and strive to be happy and accept yourself for doing so.

Now that I am in the clear to work out again I am SOOO excited to get back into my fitness routine! If you know me, you know that I’m a nerd when it comes to planning, I LOVE programs. So I’m setting myself up on a program and plan to do things in 6 week chunks of time and adjust/modify after each series. So, with that-here is what I’ll be up to for the next 6 weeks to get back into shape!

MY GOALS:

I gained about 40lbs and weight around 190lbs at the end of my pregnancy (delivered at 38 weeks) and my waist grew to 45 inches around my belly button. I am currently 162lbs and down to 35 inches on my waist.

My goals are to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 150lbs and body fat less than 18%, I need to check my body fat percentage this week to see where I’m at. I’m not concerned with when these things happen as long as I have steady progress each week!

These cosmetic goals are fun to aspire to, especially because they are easy to put to paper, and they make putting on clothes, or taking them off way more fun. ;) but my goals will REALLY be reached when I can run a 6 minute mile again, Clean and Jerk 200lbs, Snatch my body weight and do a Crossfit competition with a podium finish. I’ll be working hard toward those goals and be confident that the aesthetic ones will happen as a fun byproduct.

FOOD:

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My shopping cart today.

I’m so happy to kiss the crazy pregnancy hormones goodbye and get back to my regular healthy diet! (I know, I know, pregnancy isn’t an excuse to eat like crap-but it sure does make it EASY to!). So, what my diet will look like from here on out will be mostly catering to the Paleo diet. I’ll be sticking to REAL foods. Lots of vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, healthy fats such as avocado, olives, coconut oil/milk, some nuts/seeds. I will be avoiding grains (except for rice on occasion), as well as dairy (with the exception of yogurt and string cheese on occasion as well).

I will be drinking over a gallon of water a day (which is VERY easy to do breastfeeding two babies and working out regularly) and eating often throughout the day. I’m not concerned with calories, because I’m eating real foods, so I trust my body to tell me what/how much I need.

Diet is where I will see almost ALL of my progress, my diet will be what makes my body weight go down and my waist decrease in size. My diet will be what gives me the energy TO do the hard workouts I want to do. So, I’ll do my best to prep meals ahead, have things on had that are easy to eat quickly, and find recipes that make eating healthy fun and simple!

WORKOUT PROGRAM:

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Crossfit Open 2012

My workout program for the next 6 weeks will look about like this:

Monday: Interval running

Tuesday: Scaled Crossfit Wod and/or Strength Training

Wednesday: Tempo Run or spin

Thursday: Scaled Crossfit Wod and/or Strength Training

Friday: Long Run

Sat/Sun: Rest (carry two car seats around!!!)

***Core strengthening daily. (See my instagram account for a post on core work specific to post-partum abs. (Strengthening lower abdominal muscles and decreasing separation).

As far as my fitness goes I plan to give maximum effort while paying close attention to how my body feels. I dont want to overdo it and risk an injury, but I want to begin to see results as well. I will be posting my specific workouts daily to my instagram account. Realize that the weight I am using might be too much for you, or not enough, we are all at different levels, so pay attention to your body and use what I’m doing as a template if you want to. Don’t necessarily worry about the weight you are at-just focus on Improving weekly and listening to your body!

I plan to sign up for a half marathon in Layton, UT October 26th, so I’ll be doing this template for the most part until then and be posting to my blog regularly with how my training is going, what modifications I’m doing, recipes, snack ideas, etc.

What would you guys like me to write about? Let me know of topics you want me to cover and I would be happy to! I’m so excited to start back on my fitness journey with the new perspective that motherhood has brought me. I have a greater appreciation for my body than ever before and I’m so excited to set a good example for my kiddos of what a positive, happy, healthy lifestyle looks like. I’m so thankful for my healthy pregnancy and even more grateful for the beautiful, amazing kiddos that make sure I get absolutely no sleep at night, constantly have poop/pee/spit-up all over and make me smile ALL DAY LONG. :)

We can do hard things, so lets.

Michaela

My Birth Story (my biggest physical challenge so far)

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MY BIRTH STORY:

I finally have a minute to put my incredible birth experience to “paper” and I’m excited to be able to share it. After giving birth I’ve learned that every woman’s experience is her own and is special no matter how you bring your baby/ies into this world it is amazing and it is beautiful.

I was induced Wednesday morning July 3rd at 38 weeks pregnant (my doctor wasn’t comfortable with me going past 38 weeks as twin pregnancies tend to have complications after this point), Craig, myself and my amazing friend and doula Christine came to the hospital at 7am and checked in and got to the room. I was given an IV in my left hand and started on pitosin at a 4, the nurse then hooked up my right arm to a constant blood pressure strap and my belly had straps with a contractions monitor and zoeys heart rate monitor on it, my Dr came in soon after and broke Masons water, told me I was dilated to a 3 and attached an internal monitor to his head that came down and was stuck on my right thigh.

Needless to say…my hopes of being able to move around while I labored were pretty much crushed at that point. My options were lay on the bed or sit on the bed and if you need to go to the bathroom we’ll give you a few minutes when you get back to sit on the birth ball. I was disappointed but knew this was how it had to be and decided I would just do my best with the situation at hand.

My contractions were three minutes apart and I could feel them but wasn’t in pain for the first hour or two and the nurse bumped my pitosin up to an 8, then a 12 to get things moving along. About three hours in I was feeling very light headed, the nurse came in and told me that my IV had stopped working (at this point I was at a 16 on pitosin) and I wasn’t getting any fluids or pitosin and she wasn’t sure when it stopped working.

So…they had to start me at a 4 again. I was disappointed because I had to get stuck with the needle about 4 more times in different places until it finally found a home on my left arm (no more bending my arm now).

I was glad to be back on fluids but soon after the pitosin began my contractions got very strong. At this point I was dilated to about a 4+ and having contractions lasting about 90 seconds with about 30 seconds between. This was hard but I had my mom and Craig and Christine there to help with pressure points and I was breathing through the pain.

At about 2pm (6 hours in) the nurse came to check me and I was at a 6, yay! The contractions had helped me progress and I was managing them. The nurse turned off my pitosin at that point because she said my contractions were becoming too close together for the babies to recover in time, I was grateful for that, hoping for a little more recovery time between each. Unfortunately that was not the case! :/ another two hours of horrible back labor ensued and I was praying that my constant contractions (still no more than 30 seconds apart) would put me dilated to a 9 or a 10 for sure.

About 5:30pm (3 hours later) the nurse came to check me and I was at a solid…6!! No progress and completely exhausted. She was worried about how close my contractions were and wanted to give me a shot of Tributoline to slow them down. At this point I felt like I was working against myself and decided I needed an epidural. I was so sad to not be able to experience delivering the babies without drugs but knew it was the right thing to do. I was so focused on my contractions I didn’t hardly feel the needle go in my back and from that point on I was in a state of euphoria! I felt like I was lounging in a hottub!! The next three hours passed very quickly and I became dilated to a 10 and ready to push by 8:30pm! My nurse wheeled me into the operating room and I was put on the table to push the babies out. (This is standard procedure with twins in case of complications).

My doctor arrived and Craig was at my head and around the table were about 6 other nurses to assist with the delivery, potential c-section and the babies. Mason was easy and I gave about 6-10 pushes and he arrived! My doctor placed him on my belly and Craig cut the cord and they took him to be cleaned while we prepared for Zoey to come.

My doctor got the ultrasound to check Zoeys position and my biggest fear became a reality, she had flipped to the breech position. My belly felt like I had a fish in it with all of the moving she was doing, her little body had so much room now she was moving EVERYWHERE.

I decided not to panic yet because I knew having to do an emergency c-section after a vaginal delivery was a less than 4% chance. (This statistic gave me comfort during my pregnancy and an emergency c-section was my biggest fear!) my doctor pushed hard on my belly on top and from inside trying to get Zoey to flip (at this point I was VERY grateful for my epidural) and he tried and tried and tried and she wouldn’t turn.

Things began to feel tense in the room and no one said a word as my doctor worked so hard to flip her. He finally broke her water to try and grab her from the inside while he pushed on my belly and had no success. At this point it had been over 10 minutes and I was getting so scared.

My doctor yelled to everyone to prep for a c-section and get the anesthesiologist in the room. I was praying over and over again to myself to please let me deliver Zoey and not have to recover from both a vaginal and C-section birth. The team wheeled up the table with the instruments and the anesthesiologist came into the room with his mask on, and at the VERY last second I heard my doctor yell for me to push.

Everyone in the room then yelled for me to push, there was no countdown, no breathing cues, just a lot of urgent yelling and I gave it everything I had not knowing when to breathe and feeling the urgency and trying my best (so incredibly exhausted and scared at this point).

What felt like forever later, the doctor said she was out and hurriedly cut the cord and the nurses whisked her away. The nurses came back and told us we had to wait to see her as she was having trouble breathing. (What I didn’t find out until after was my doctor was able to hook both of her ankles in his hand and he delivered her breech with her arms up). About two minutes later the nurses told Craig he could come back and see Zoey while my doctor delivered my placentas and stitched me up (only a couple of stitches after all of that!!). I was so in shock at that point and so grateful to my doctor.

Both babies were brought to us and they were more beautiful than I could have ever imagined! The doors to the operating room opened and all of mine and Craig’s family were standing on top of each other in the doorway to wish us congratulations and see the babies. (We are so lucky to have so many loving, supportive family members and friends!) It was amazing and scary and wonderful and the most incredible day of my whole life.

I’m so glad I was able to experience hard labor and I’m thankful for the epidural that helped me relax before
the delivery. I’m so grateful to my incredible Doctor for giving it everything he had to get my babies here safely. Hopefully I will never have to be induced again and can someday enjoy a labor with less equipment and monitoring involved but either way, I’m just so grateful I’m holding my healthy, happy babies in my arms today.

There is no experience like giving birth to your child/children and I feel so blessed I was able to experience it. I thank my Heavenly Father every day for these babies and am so happy to finally be a mom. I look forward to what’s to come!